Gathering together, connecting, laughing, having face to face conversations, enjoying delicious food, sharing our lives, creating memories to savor. These are the ingredients that make the Foodie Insta-meets such marvelous occasions.
As the end of 2017 draws ever closer and I reflect back on the memories that I've made and those I am deeply thankful for some of the ones that are most treasured in my heart are the Foodie Insta-meets that were hosted by Gather and Savor. These gatherings have been the embodiment of "gathering and savoring". So many of the people that I initially met through Instagram and then connected with in real life have become some of my most treasured and special friends. It makes my heart feel so very full and blessed. It has been amazing to see so many of you connect as well and begin to forge friendships, what an incredible gift that is!
We had our very first Foodie Insta-meet at 1898 Public House in April followed by several more throughout the summer and early Fall. It's been such a joy to host them at Clover, Downriver Grill and the Hotel RL restaurant. I love feeling that sense of community and connection with others even if you've only just met, don't you? You know how when you spend time with certain people, you just have a grand time and leave feeling filled up? That's how I feel after an Insta-meet. It's not just my stomach that's full, I also leave with a full heart and I don't know about you but I absolutely love that!
Thank you to each and every one who has come to one of these gatherings, it has been an honor and a blessing to spend an evening with you. I am already looking to and dreaming and scheming about the gatherings we will have in 2018. Until then, keep on making those connections and eating delicious food as you "gather and savor".
The images and testimonies below so beautifully capture the heart of enjoying a sense of community together while sharing an evening of our lives with one another over a delicious meal:
All of the beautiful images for this post were provided by Jennifer Debarros. Jennifer is a Spokane based photographer. You can find her on Instagram, Facebook and be sure to check out her website.